Grand Ave Block Party: Saturday, 8/18

Grand Avenue between Lafayette and Lexington will be THE place to be on Saturday. Local businesses Choice Market, Grand 275, Still Hip, Le Grand Dakar and Nu Yu Day Spa are sponsoring the festivities. Special events include: Le Grand Dakar will be offering a veritable feast of Senegalese/Caribbean/French food; Africa/African Diasporan music, and dance, the Party will also include a fashion show, a sprawling blank canvass for painter aspirants, young and old, and a children’s area, where face painting and storytellers will hold forth. Where’s the 1? Productions collaborates on music talent coordination.

1 pm: Ray Ellison Blues Band Art Exhibition by Joseph Bell-Bey

2 pm: Don Juarez Riosambadon, Brazilian Carnival music and dancers

4 pm: Couture Fashion Show by Saga Africa (Senegalese designer) and Brooklyn-based, Nigerian designer Moshood. DJs: O.P., Mastake, Malick, and Sugarcane

5 pm: Tribe of Judah, Reggae band

7 pm: Sahar Drums with Thiokho Diagne, Senegalese drumming and dancing 9 pm: Rhonda Denet, gospel/jazz/soul vocalist.

Still Hip is offering FREE classes and HALF-PRICE sale on all spring and summer items!

11:30 - Let's Dance Brooklyn! class for toddlers

noon - Music for Aardvarks class for children 0-5 years old

12:30 - children's art activities with Valeen of Private Picassos face painting - raffles - sidewalk art

MUSIC all day by DJ O.P. and Mastate, The Ray Ellison Blues Band, Don Juarez Riosambadon, Tribe of Judah, Sabar Drums and Rhonda Denet and more

Grand 275 will have food and a flea market and Choice Market will be peddling tasty treats.